As you may know, I took part in the blog swap organised by Betty and my swap partner Emma sent me a lovely parcel. She also told me that there were more things she had got ready for the swap, but had forgotten to post them, so to look out for them in parcel two. They arrived safe and sound this week.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Monday, 8 September 2014
I like taking part in blog swaps and have just been enjoying the 'From My Home to Yours' swap organised by lovely Betty. The idea was to have four things from your home area, one of which had to be hand made, and anything else you felt like including. I was partnered up with the fabulous Emma and we got in touch, emailed and looked at each other's blogs for inspiration, as well as likes and dislikes. We made, gathered, bought and created and then swapped.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Here are a few more works by Miss Margaret E Porter; ones that appealed to me. The image of the lady and butterfly above also has a strong Art Nouveau feel but also reminds me of Aubrey Beardsley's work with the swirling patterns and strong black and white.
The vines design is one of my favourites - it works really well and has a really good flow around the whole piece.
Monday, 25 August 2014
This discovery happened when we went to a little Antiques market a couple of weekends ago, in Castle Square in Lincoln. We looked round the stalls and saw lots of things we would like, in an ideal world, of course, but then, on one stall, I noticed this ink drawing in a box, on top of a lot of other papers.
Having had a really good look through the work once we got home, we found that the illustration course was with The Practical Correspondence College, based in The Strand in London, and that Margaret Porter's tutor was Charles E Dawson, a well-known designer and illustrator of the time. The V & A appear to have several of his designs for Jaeger in their collection, but sadly, no images are available. In the box, however, there are examples of his work as part of the course and a design for Jaeger, which I'll post at a later date.
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Toulouse-Lautrec image, with the stippling effect for the hair and in the border. Gladys Cooper (1888-1971) was an actress, initially in the Theatre, but today is probably best known as Mrs Higgins in 'My Fair Lady'. Later in her career, she was excellent at playing manipulative unpleasant older women, such as Bette Davis' mother in 'Now Voyager'.
We also had a look at the 1901 and 1911 censuses online, to see if we could find out any more about Miss Porter. We found out that she was born in 1892-1893, (depending which information we looked at), her father, Frederick, was a farmer and her mother, Kate and older sister, also Kate, lived at Main Street, Sibsey, Boston. The letters show that she moved into Boston itself at some point and there is one addressed to Woodhall Spa, but whether she lived there, or was just visiting, isn't clear. We think that she died in 1978, in Lincolnshire, but other than that, we don't know any more details about her life. I would like to think that she perhaps worked in commercial art in some way. I'll post more of her work in my next post...
Friday, 22 August 2014
To help to forget about the rather unseasonably cold weather, here are a few photos of plants flowering happily outside. This bright orange (I'm gradually starting to think orange might be a good thing in the garden) flower is Tithonia Torch which I grew from seed this year and which has finally started to bloom.
It is a very cheerful thing.
My latest clematis (Clematis Heracleifolia Wyevale) is one which I absolutely love. It is a herbaceous variety with tall strong stems and lovely bluebell-like flowers, which have a beautiful scent.
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Louth Museum website and his autobiography as well as a carving in the V & A . His work continues the tradition of woodcarving using limewood and he is the natural successor to Grinling Gibbons, albeit a century or so later. (Apologies in advance for the blurriness and general poor quality of the photos - the lights in the museum made it very difficult to get a clear picture and my hands obviously weren't quite as steady as they needed to be! However, I hope the photos give you a reasonable idea of some of the work).
This amazing piece of work was created in 1871, using just two pieces of wood.
Here's a close up of the carving on the left, showing a detail of the wood, carved into with added knots, so that it looks more rustic, as though it is from an old gate or fence.
He signed the piece at the base.
Replicas of the medals he received are displayed too.
Although I'm not that keen on the idea of dead birds, they do demonstrate his skill. The birds are hanging from a piece of string tied to a nail and it is difficult to believe it is all wood. I am so pleased we went to the museum, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to share some of his incredible work with you. Lovely to have met you, Mr Wilkinson Wallis.